commanteer's past comments

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    commanteer

    The association, as I read it, was with being born a certain way causes certain behavior. If you accept a premise, you have to accept that it's true for all behavior, good or bad. A heterosexual pervert is usually defined by cultural norms. Since homosexuals have been (and still are in many places) seen as perverts, that's a perfectly apt comparison.

    A rapist, on the other hand, requires a victim. So, while we can see a need to protect society from rapists, the believe that their behavior is predestined should also elicit some sympathy. Perhaps their imprisonment should be made as comfortable as possible for example. You can say, "Well, they didn't have to act on their urges. That was their choice." But then you are back to square one with homosexuality.

    The argument really should be focused on people's actions, and whether they are unacceptable, acceptable, something to be tolerated, or something to be encouraged. Introducing the "born that way" argument is a bad idea, as it leads nowhere. People may be born with urges, but actions are usually a matter of choice.

    Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight

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    Because nothing says "cool" like a bunch of faceless bureaucrats and a government program....

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

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    How terrible to wander the earth with so much hate in one's soul and with so much hate for other humans for feelings that affect no one but those who love one another. Where's your Jesus now?

    Whether you agree with him or not, Mr. Noidall said nothing even remotely hateful.

    If you argue that guy people are "born that way," then you have to accept that people of all sexual proclivities are born that way. It's simply a logical extension of that belief. Rather than reacting in a huff, it would be better to address the logic of his argument.

    Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight

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    commanteer

    it would have been much easier to simply change one kanji character ever so slightly, however. Would that actually work? If I type "Bil Geats" into Google, I still get "Bill Gates"....

    It would work. Bill Gates is famous and heavily searched for, so Google assumes people are looking for him. Some unknown guy who got caught with an underage hooker is not going to get the same treatment.

    People are going to have to get used to this stuff. From this point on, every slip up will stay on record. As a society, we will have to be a little more lenient and understanding of past transgressions. If everybody who has ever had sex with 17 year old gets thrown in prison, we would have to replace half our politicians and almost all of our entertainers and more famous musicians.

    Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest

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    Lived and worked in both countries. My last year in China, I had a massive ocean view apartment with private tennis courts, a driver and a personal assistant. And I remember thinking I'd rather just be a nobody in Japan in a little 1K mansion. And I have several friends who have lived and worked in both countries - they feel the same.

    Posted in: If you were given a choice to live and work in Japan or China, which would you choose?

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    We really have to be thankful for Youtube. Some of these narcissistic idiots just can't stop themselves from recording and posting their crimes for everyone to see. Makes them easy to catch.

    Posted in: Man arrested for uploading video of himself driving at over 170 kph

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    commanteer

    Hit by a wave of raids by police who said they wanted to prevent an “excessively hedonistic atmosphere”

    What are they afraid of? That somebody might get pregnant? You'd think with Japan's demographic crisis that would be a good thing.

    Posted in: Japan overturns midnight dancing ban

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    Headphones are not the problem. They help me stay focused. Without headphones, I'd be distracted by all of the noise Tokyo streets serve up.

    Considering you are riding in those Tokyo streets, you should be focused on them. What on earth are you focusing on that the streets distract you from?

    Posted in: 77-yr-old woman dies after being knocked down by cyclist listening to music

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    commanteer

    Monocle is a well known magazine - based in the UK so maybe they don't sell it in the local Walmart.

    Like any city ranking, they all have their own criteria. And people all have their own criteria, so not everybody will be happy.

    Fukuoka is in my top 10 easily. Actually, my top one, since I could have settled in a number of nice cities.

    Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine

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    commanteer

    The anti-broccoli crowd is out early today, I see. When Japanese adopt foreign customs, of course they will change. Nothing wrong with that. It works both ways.

    Posted in: The broccoli wedding bouquet toss - Japan’s quirky substitute for the garter

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    And all of the talk about coming "inflation" cannot scare the consumers into spending money they don't have.

    That's not the purpose. The purpose is to debase the currency so that Japan can pay out all the pensions and other debts they owe. You will get that million yen you were promised, but it will probably be just enough to buy a bicycle by the time they are through.

    The other purpose, of course, is to help out all those rich folk, major exporters, political supporters and anyone with enough money to make a killing by betting against the yen as it falls.

    But I suspect all that government money being invested in Wall Street is going to be lost as well. Because the Wall Street guys are even better at being crooks.

    Posted in: Abe says he is keeping eye on impact of softer yen

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    LoL it's not as if they these gals are Victoria's Secret models. Especially the ones kidnapped by Boko-haram. These foreign fighter must be really desperate for a piece of tail.

    Disgusting comment on every level. You are a very sad person.

    Posted in: Jihadists' slave markets sell girls at any price: U.N. envoy

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    commanteer

    Does he wear the right clothes, work in the right industry, carry the right brand name wallet? If the answer is no to any of these, these odds of attracting the attention of a potential "love" interest dimishes considerably. When relationships in Japan are based largely on one's economic value, rather than one's human qualities,

    That's no more true in Japan than it is in many countries, at least not just for finding a sex partner. For marriage, yes there may be more emphasis on money - but that's at least partly because women have limited economic opportunities themselves.

    I see plenty of women dating guys who have none of the above, and seemingly quite happy. Money, clothes and career are certainly huge factors in the USA.

    Posted in: Heartache for Japan's 40-year-old virgins

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    commanteer

    Over the past few years, Tokyo has been gripped by a coffee craze.

    Japan has been gripped by a coffee craze. With all the media outlets and writers based in Tokyo, there is this tendency to think of it as a uniquely advanced place in Japan -which attracts yet more people from overseas who think that Tokyo is the only place where things happen.

    Even trends that start well outside Tokyo eventually get picked up as "Tokyo trends" when that city picks them up.

    Posted in: Craft of coffee: Indie brews offer quality beans and creative cafes

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    commanteer

    I'm sure there are many varied reasons why each man remains a virgin. But the total number is quite surprising. In this case:

    Only twice in his life has he had romantic and sexual feelings for a woman—the first time in his mid-twenties and then again two decades later.

    ...it's pretty obvious what the problem is. He has only tried twice in his entire life. Tens of millions of women, and he can only work up an interest in 2 over 20 years? I have often seen this among men who can't get a girlfriend or wife. They focus on their one dream lover, regardless of her interest in him. If that doesn't work out, they give up and mope for several years.

    I would ask most of these guys, "How hard did you try? How many women have you made a serious effort to get to know - as just friends or otherwise?" I'd say it's virtually impossible not to laid if they take a real interest in meeting women, and getting to know them. That's all they need to work on.

    Posted in: Heartache for Japan's 40-year-old virgins

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    I know that Putin is a thug, but this whole conflict is being created by the bankers and politicians, with puppet masters like George Soros pulling the strings. It's a complex but isolated regional conflict.

    I'm really worried that a war is in the making to "solve" the economic problems around the Western world.

    Posted in: G-7 leaders signal united front on Russia sanctions

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    I doubt he would have snapped at a man like that. So much for all his talk about women.

    That said, Japanese in general can take forever to get to a simple point. I often feel this frustration, and want to just tell them to get on with it. Usually, I have figured out what they intend to say long before they get there - it takes enormous willpower to just wait until they catch up and finally spit it out.

    Posted in: Abe apologizes for snapping at lawmaker in Diet

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    I agree that the late 60s ushered in an era of narcissism. But it has only gotten worse since then. I can't imagine how dull these stories will be in 20 or 30 years. At least Brian Wilson wrote some nice songs - and they will still be getting covered for some time to come.

    Posted in: Brian Wilson's music genius, mental issues are focus of film

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    commanteer

    People who think an apology is in order seem not to be reading the article....

    "...the character was always intended to be someone frustrated that she lacked outward signs of her ethnicity"

    If anything, those demanding an apology are being racist. Are my kids not authentic half Japanese if they happen to have Western features?

    Crowe is the sort of nice guy who will apologize rather than stand up for what's right. I think he made a mistake here, and swept what could have been a good discussion about mixed ethnicities under the rug.

    Posted in: Cameron Crowe apologizes for casting Emma Stone in part-Asian role

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    commanteer

    I'm no fan of Assange at all, but this can only be a good thing for Americans.

    What kind of democracy passes far reaching treaties on trade, banking and internet usage in secret? The closed-door nature of the TPP is a disgrace. What's worse, is that so many Americans are fine with Washington government passing secret bills. I'm surprised they haven't used the word "freedom" in naming this bill, too.

    Posted in: WikiLeaks offers $100,000 bounty for copy of TPP trade pact

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